A FWC full bench has rejected an employer's bid to block protected industrial action, confirming that its invalid notice of employee representational rights didn't knock out a union's protected action ballot application.
The FWC has cited Alice in Wonderland in endorsing an employer's right under its enterprise agreement to impose a 25% annual salary reduction on hundreds of fly-in, fly-out rail maintenance workers it shifted from a 14-days-on, seven-days-off roster to a seven-days-on, seven-days-off regime.
An independent Islamic school unlawfully refused entry to union organisers to inspect documents, manipulated employee records and made more fixed-term teaching appointments than permitted under its award, the Federal Court has found.
A former international manager for listed health products company Blackmores who sought more than $140,000 in compensation has failed to prove his employer dismissed him because of redundancy or that its HR manager and others misled him by claiming he was not entitled to severance pay.
An employee who suffered a venomous spider bite that required her to be hospitalised has failed to secure extended sick leave after the FWC ruled her medical condition wasn't "prolonged" or "serious" enough.
The AMWU has failed in its bid to obtain an entry permit for an organiser involved in the notorious Westgate Bridge dispute because imposing additional permit conditions would amount to "no more than shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted", says the FWC.
An FWC presidential member has expressed "wonder" at having to reject an agreement for a major labour hire company that turned the simple process of providing employees with a bargaining representation notice into a "debacle".
The FWC has ruled that a company's enterprise agreement obliges it provide "meaningful work" to redeployees and operates as an exception to the general rule that there is no common law right to be provided with work.